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'''John Donne''' ( ) (22 January 1572 – 31 March 1631) was an English poet and a clergy|cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets, love poems, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, Elegy|elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially compared to that of his contemporaries. Donne's style is characterised by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations. These features, along with his frequent dramatic or everyday speech rhythms, his tense syntax and his tough eloquence, were both a reaction against the smoothness of conventional Elizabethan poetry and an adaptation into English of European baroque and mannerist techniques. His early career was marked by poetry...
Birth date22 January 1572
Birth placeLondon, England
Death date31 March 1631 (aged 59)
Death placeLondon, England
OccupationPoet, priest, lawyer
Alma materOxford University
GenreSatire, love poetry, elegy, sermons
SubjectLove, Human sexuality|sexuality, religion, death
MovementMetaphysical poetry